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Olivarez Honey Bees (OHB) is a family-owned business with three generations of beekeeping expertise. We’ve raised bees in Northern California for more than 50 years.
In the summer months the Northern California bees are moved to Montana for honey production. These carefully chosen locations allow OHB to provide its bees with the purest environment and the best food source and to offer customers premium-quality queens year-round.
Our honey is distinctively pure because we are queen breeders and producers, first. Our hives are placed in these very bountiful locations to keep hives healthy for queen breeding. Our bees forage on a sea of yellow sweet clover in Montana, its bees make some of the best honey you’ll ever taste. Montana honey is a byproduct of healthy hives.
At OHB, it’s all about the bees.
Three Generations of Beekeeping Tradition
Our grandfather began tending bees in 1965, learning from the pioneers of the trade in Northern California. He passed his knowledge down to his son Ray Jr., who built a thriving business raising queens and package bees for beekeepers and honey producers across the country.
We grew up in the family business, building bee boxes, maintaining hives and driving bee trucks in the almond orchards as soon as we could see over the dashboard and reach the pedals. We followed our dad out to the yards as he cared for the bees, and we learned firsthand how important it is to keep them happy and healthy.
Though our parents' business was all about the bees, when you raise honeybees, honey comes with the territory. One of our jobs as kids was to fill jars, and year after year, we saw that well-cared-for bees made not only more honey but better honey.
Chico Honey Company grew out of that experience. We care for our own bees, and we still fill every jar ourselves, so we know that the honey we produce is the best it can possibly be. Our father taught us that, just as his father taught him. We can't imagine doing things any other way.
—Ryan, Josh and Haley Olivarez